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The half-life of code & the ship of Theseus

Erik Bernhardsson

As a project evolves, does the new code just add on top of the old code? Or does it replace the old code slowly over time? In order to understand this, I built a little thing to analyze Git projects, with help from the formidable GitPython project.

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Let's Encrypt Everything

Coding Horror

I'll admit I was late to the HTTPS party. But post Snowden, and particularly after the result of the last election here in the US, it's clear that everything on the web should be encrypted by default. You have an unalienable right to privacy , both in the real world and online. And without HTTPS you have zero online privacy – from anyone else on your WiFi, from your network provider, from website operators, from large companies, from the government.

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Happy 69th Birthday to the United States Air Force!

General Leadership

GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link]. “I AM AN AMERICAN AIRMAN. I AM A WARRIOR. I HAVE ANSWERED MY NATION’S CALL.” ” The Airman’s Creed. Happy 69th Birthday to the U.S. Air Force!

Why Change Requires More Than Training and Communication

Change Starts Here

It’s a common belief that to get people to adopt change, all you really need is training and communication. If we tell people what to do and why, and show them how to do it, that should be enough to get them to change, right? It’s a logical conclusion, but then people aren’t logical, especially when it comes to change. While training and communication are essential tools for influencing any change at work, they are not the complete solution for managing the “people side” of projects.

How to Empower Your Users So You Can Create a Great Product

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Join Johanna Rothman, Author and Consultant, for her session that will discuss why instead of designing for the users, CTOs and their teams should collaborate with empowered users to create a great product together.

Cognitio’s Bob Flores, Ex-CIA CTO, Featured in IDG TechWorld Providing Context On the Cyber Threat

CTOvision

Bob Gourley. Cognitio's Bob Flores, former CTO of the CIA, was just featured in IDG TechWorld providing context on the state of the cyber threat. From the article: The former CTO of America's Central Intelligence Agency , Bob Flores, has said the gravest cyber security threat facing the world is the lack of protection for critical infrastructure and the internet of things – and that it's worth challenging narratives about attacks from nation states that get repeated without criticism.

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4 Important Ways Leaders Earn Respect, Gracefully

Terry Starbucker

Respect is a much-talked and much-written about cornerstone of effective leadership, particularly the more human kind. Yes, leaders need to be respected because it leads to a bond of trust that enables a culture of accountability and success. But it’s not all about YOU getting respect. It’s just as much about them being respected too. It’s about the people you lead. They need to be respected as fellow human beings. And, just as importantly, their WORK needs to be respected.

5 Steps to Develop a Viable Digital Marketing Strategy for Small Business

Women on Business

We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] If you haven't already done so, update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. link]. Reader Submission Marketing

What’s Really Killing Morale and Employee Engagement

Let's Grow Leaders

Janice shared: I’d had enough: the gossip; the veterans scaring the new hires; more and more people doing just enough to get by… And I was frustrated because we’d done so much to foster employee engagement. I changed out some toxic leaders. We revamped our coaching program to focus on the positive. I’m here every Saturday right along with them. I bring bagels. The day I forgot the bagels, I bought lunch.

10 Leadership Lessons From My Favorite Clint Eastwood Movie Quotes

N2Growth Blog

Regular readers of my weekly column have come to expect me to do my best in presenting them with fresh perspectives on how to manage the challenges that most of them face as leaders in their respective organizations. But, this week I decided to lighten it up a bit and look to what can be learned from some of my favorite Clint Eastwood movie quotes. So, let’s have some fun!

Address the Challenges of Siloed Monitoring Tools

Companies frequently experience monitoring tool sprawl. Find out why monitoring tool sprawl occurs, why it’s a problem for businesses, and the positive business impacts of monitoring tool consolidation.

Building effective communication channels

Lead on Purpose

The word ‘channel’ has various and differing meanings. I grew up on a ranch, and we had to get water to the grass and to the cattle. My dad and grandpa built ditches and canals to channel the water to … Continue reading → Team Building channels Communication decisiveness discipline motivation relationships

Pareto efficency

Erik Bernhardsson

Pareto efficiency is a useful concept I like to think about. It often comes up when you compare items on multiple dimensions. Say you want to buy a new TV. To simplify it let’s assume you only care about two factors: price and quality. We don’t know what you are willing to pay for quality – but we know that everything else equals : The cheaper the better. The higher quality the better. This means we can rule out some TV’s immediately.

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They Have To Be Monsters

Coding Horror

Since I started working on Discourse, I spend a lot of time thinking about how software can encourage and nudge people to be more empathetic online. That's why it's troubling to read articles like this one : My brother’s 32nd birthday is today. It’s an especially emotional day for his family because he’s not alive for it. He died of a heroin overdose last February. This year is even harder than the last. I started weeping at midnight and eventually cried myself to sleep.

End Meeting Nightmares: Manage Results, Not Activity

General Leadership

GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link]. “A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.” ” Unknown. Want to review housekeeping details weekly? Open a maid services franchise. Admit what you already know: Your meetings are ineffective. Admit what you know. You’re people know your/their meetings are ineffective. Admit what you know.

A Training Company’s Guide to Selecting an eLearning Platform

Training companies have an opportunity to embrace the change and create meaningful change in their organizations by moving online. Discover the advantages of a digital-first approach, using an eLearning platform.

What to Do When Leaders Resist the Change They Hired You to Implement

Change Starts Here

The field of organizational change is littered with people who were hired to implement change and then eventually fired because the leaders who hired them wouldn’t actually let them do the job. These are a few of the stories I’ve heard over the years: A change manager wasn’t given access to the people who really needed to lead the change, thus condemning her project to fizzle out.

A Timeline of Big Data Analytics

CTOvision

Rick Delgado. The world seems to run on big data nowadays. In fact, it’s sometimes difficult to remember a time when businesses weren’t intensely focused on big data analytics. It’s equally difficult to forget that big data is still relatively new to the mainstream. The amount of data being generated in the world today is immense, and it’s only getting bigger. Some experts predict that by the year 2020, that volume of digital data will reach as high as 40 trillion gigabytes.

What kind of leader are you? Take the quiz to find out!

Steve Farber

Taking a leadership style quiz won’t make you a great leader, but it will give you some of the insights you need to start developing your leadership into something greater than it already is. We all lead with style. For some of us, our leadership style is sort of like bellbottom jeans or parachute pants – a bit dated. We need a new wardrobe. Many of us, on the other hand, pay close attention to the trends that drive successful leadership in our competitive economy.

Dream Adjusters: Why Company Leaders Also Have To Be Chief Calibration Officers

Terry Starbucker

When is a dream too big? When is it not big enough? When should the dream change? And who should be the one sorting it all out for an organization and/or team pushing for greatness? YOU, the leader. . There is no other person that can do it most effectively, or with the most impact. In fact, I’d argue that this is probably the most important job for high-level leaders- they also need to be Chief Calibration Officers.

Does Your Company Need Help Solving These 4 Common eLearning Challenges?

If you want to know how to get ahead of the game and avoid the common mishaps in selling your eLearning courses, you’ve come to the right place! Lambda Solutions has identified the most common and costly challenges faced by eLearning providers today.

3 Significant Implications of Deciding to Pay Your Employees Daily

Women on Business

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9 Ways to Strengthen Your Personal Brand

Let's Grow Leaders

If you Google you, do you like who shows up? Do you feel like you’ve got a powerful message to share, but without the right positioning, find yourself talking to the metaphorical mute button? Are you having trouble outgrowing an outdated reputation at work? Or maybe you’re just looking to get a better seat at the table. 9 Ways to Strengthen Your Winning Well Brand. If your brand could use a power boost, take a step back and give your brand a Winning Well refresh using these nine approaches.

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The 15 minute guide to a successful interview

N2Growth Blog

Do you want to learn the techniques which will help you to smash your job interviews out of the park and get you the offer? Do you want to learn how to answer any interview question, even difficult behavioural interview questions? My name is Gordon Berridge , and I am the UK Partner and President at N2Growth , a global, multifaceted professional services firm. Over the years I have partnered with many senior HR leaders, business line leaders and CEOs.

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Building effective communication channels

Lead on Purpose

The word ‘channel’ has various and differing meanings. I grew up on a ranch, and we had to get water to the grass and to the cattle. My dad and grandpa built ditches and canals to channel the water to … Continue reading → Team Building channels Communication decisiveness discipline motivation relationships

Cloud-Scale Monitoring With AWS and Datadog

In this eBook, find out the benefits and complexities of migrating workloads to AWS, and services that AWS offers for containers and serverless computing.

NYC subway math

Erik Bernhardsson

Apparently MTA (the company running the NYC subway) has a real-time API. My fascination for the subway takes autistic proportions and so obviously I had to analyze some of the data. The documentation is somewhat terrible, but here’s some relevant code for how to use the API: from google.transit import gtfs_realtime_pb2. import urllib. for feed_id in [ 1 , 2 , 11 ]: feed = gtfs_realtime_pb2. FeedMessage (). response = urllib. urlopen ( '[link] % s&feed_id= % d' % ( os.

The Raspberry Pi Has Revolutionized Emulation

Coding Horror

Every geek goes through a phase where they discover emulation. It's practically a rite of passage. I think I spent most of my childhood – and a large part of my life as a young adult – desperately wishing I was in a video game arcade. When I finally obtained my driver's license, my first thought wasn't about the girls I would take on dates, or the road trips I'd take with my friends. Sadly, no. I was thrilled that I could drive myself to the arcade any time I wanted.

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Veterans Day – Solemnly Remember

General Leadership

GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link]. Armistice Day parade – 1929 – Boston (Source: Boston Public Library). “…solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.”. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Keep Rumors from Hijacking Your Change Initiative

Change Starts Here

The rumors about change can start the instant it’s communicated. A cost management initiative is announced, and suddenly people start speculating to each other what the impact will be – we will lose perks, stop travel, or lose our jobs. A new strategy? The company is going under, and they’re just not telling us. A new system? Another department implemented it last month, and they hate it. A merger? We will get new bosses, new rules, or lose our jobs. Whatever the rumor is, it’s not usually good.

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Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

Cognitio and ThreatBrief in People Magazine: Security tips for the general public

CTOvision

Bob Gourley. One of the key lines of business at Cognitio is our cybersecurity practice. We help enterprises build action plans to mitigate risks and improve their security posture. Increasingly we are also asked to provide tips and techniques for employees to consider in their personal lives. Every person with a computer or phone has information at risk and should take personal responsibility for improving their security posture.

Developers’ side projects

Joel on Software

Pretty much 100% of developers working for other people end up signing some kind of “proprietary invention agreement,” but almost all of them misunderstand what’s going on with that agreement. Most developers think that the work they do at work belongs to their employer, but anything they work on at home or on their own time is theirs. This is wrong enough to be dangerous.

How to Change a Struggling Culture

Steve Farber

Mitch Luciano had worked for Trailer Bridge for three years, and things weren’t going well for the Florida-based logistics company. They had churned through three CEOs in as many years, and the business was generating about a one percent annual return on investment. They needed to turn things around, and they needed to do it fast. In 2014 the company’s board moved Luciano into the president role (he didn’t want the CEO title, and who could blame him?)